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Data Science: Data-Driven Decision Making

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Data Science: Data-Driven Decision Making

Discover storytelling with data and make better business decisions using data wrangling, modelling, and visualisations in R.

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Develop your own interactive dashboard that tells a data-driven story

Data becomes valuable when it allows us to make a decision or take action in the real world.

On this microcredential, you’ll work through practical programming exercises in R language to learn the process of tidying, harvesting and wrangling data and applying statistical models to simulate complex functions that solve a broad range of problems.

You will learn how to develop effective data visualisations for decision-making, and communicating your message to others, by utilising principles of cognitive perception and the grammar of graphics.

You’ll also explore the essential ethical, legal and organisational issues of data collection and management.

You’ll gain the skills you need to apply for roles as a data scientist or use the knowledge you’ve gained to enhance your current organisation.

The data science and data analytics industry is expected to grow by seven times in the next few years, reaching a value of $103 billion by 2023.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

“This course is the right mix of data science ‘sweet spot’ of technical knowledge, mathematics and the ability to apply deep context on the projects. It was indeed difficult, but I think appropriately so. It was an excellent experience and will make a really big difference to people who work alongside data scientists, or those who are considering a career but just want to try it out first.”

Matt McInnes (Managing Director, Lynxx Asia Pacific.)

“We must give students the skills to dive into the data ocean. Yes, there are sharks and jellyfish and rip tides, but we can not be paralyzed by all the potential dangers. Students will go swimming with or without us, and all we can do is prepare them as best we are able. Monash’s Data Science: Data-Driven Decision Making is a start on learning to swim with data.’”

Hadley Wickham (Chief Scientist, RStudio)

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What you will achieve

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Are you eligible for this microcredential?

This data science microcredential is designed for anyone interested in developing skills in industry-standard tools and techniques, and enhancing their ability to use data to inform real-world decision-making.

Monash strongly recommends that you’ve studied maths or statistics at a first-year undergraduate level before joining this microcredential. To complete the programming exercises, you’ll need a computer to install and run RStudio and install R packages.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This is a practical microcredential and the application of the skills you’ll learn will benefit a wide range of professional contexts.

From manufacturing to healthcare, tourism to transportation, and media to government, if data or business intelligence is essential to the success of your organisation, this course will ensure you can use your data to make effective business decisions.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with fellow learners and read any additional information relating to your microcredential.

Get an introduction to data science and learn how to make the most of your data through effective data wrangling and storytelling.

  • 4 weeks
  • 12 hours per week

Explore the role of data visualisation in data science, and learn how to use and apply data modelling techniques.

  • 4 weeks
  • 12 hours per week

Evaluate the challenges of data variety, ethics, and privacy on this course in Monash University's data science microcredential.

  • 4 weeks
  • 12 hours per week

Once you have successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your certificate of completion from Monash University.

What you will receive

6 credit points at Postgraduate level from Monash University

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Certificate of Completion from Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.




Melbourne, Australia

World ranking

Top 80
Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

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We can accept payments made by card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) or PayPal via our online system.

You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. You can find more information in our code of conduct.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.


There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

Learners who successfully complete this microcredential and who meet course entry requirements are eligible to receive the following academic credit:

  • ETC5510 Introduction to data analysis in the Master of Business Analytics; or
  • FIT5145 Introduction to data science in the Graduate Diploma or Master of Data Science

For further information on these courses, see the Monash University Handbook at handbook.monash.edu.